From King Dictionary of Contemporary Englishstuffstuff1 /stʌf/ ●●●S1W3 noun [uncountable]1things informalSUBSTANCE used when you are talking about things such as substances, materials, or groups of objects when you do not know what they are called, or it is not important to say exactly what they areI’ve got some sticky stuff on my shoe.How do you think you’re going to fit all that stuff into the car?I felt sorry for the ones who had to eat the awful stuff.Where’s all the camping stuff?2 →somebody’s stuff3activities/ideas informal used when talking about different activities, subjects, or ideas, when you do not say exactly what these areWhat kind of stuff do you like to read?I’ve got so much stuff to do this weekend.There’s a lot of interesting stuff in this book.He’s talked to me about all that stuff too.He does mountain biking and skiing, and stuff like that.4work/art informal used when you are talking about what someone has done or made, for example writing, music, or artI don’t like his stuff.John Lee was getting ready to play his stuff.He did some great stuff in his early films.good stuff British English (=used to tell someone that their work is good)This is good stuff.5 →... and stuff6 →the (very) stuff of dreams/life/politics7characterCHARACTER/PERSONALITY the qualities of someone’s characterDoes he have the right stuff (=qualities that make you able to deal with difficulties)?Surely you’re not going to give up? I thought you were made of sterner stuff (=were more determined).8 →do/show your stuff → bit of stuffat bit1(14), → kid’s stuffat kid1(4), → know your stuffat know1(5), → strut your stuffat strut1(2)GRAMMAR: Comparisonstuff• Stuff is an uncountable noun and is not used in the plural. You say: The shop sells all kinds of stuff.✗Don’t say: The shop sells all kind of stuffs.foodstuff• Foodstuff is a countable noun and is often used in the plural: The country has to import basic foodstuffs such as rice.
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stuff• But now she's all married and stuff.• We had some spare time, so we started messing around with samples and sequencers and stuff.• Our campingstuffalone took up most of the space in the back of the car.• So you only send non-confidential stuff that way.• Gore needs to maintain an impression that all of this is everyday, normalstuff.• They sent me a bunch of stuff about the university.• What kind of stuff did they teach you there?• Do you have any of that clear plasticstuff to cover food with?• I've got some sort of stickystuff on my shoe.• What's that sticky stuff on the floor?• There were 2 attacks early on, but it takes stronger stuff than this to beat Grimsby.• Ted had never talked like this, filler talk, stuff you say when you are getting used to having a visitor.• That stuffstinks.• The builders have left all their stuff round the back of the house.• I don't know how we're going to get all this stuff into the car.• You're not going to have a lot of time to pack up your stuff before you move.all that stuff• Matches the description, right age and all that stuff.• They bought furcoats and all that stuff.• I suppose he thought poetry was about love and metaphysics and all that stuff.• What could be worse than to be dogged by all that stuff?• You couldn't get a regularparrot to do all that stuff.• You don't believe in all that stuff.• You told me all that stuff about your wife being unfaithful.• But after a while, the sight of all that stuff was more than he could bear so he looked away.good stuff• This is mostly mainstream, hitradio, but good stuff that still crosses over.• You just can't level the same accusation at Rickenbacker, since they've always made good stuff.• I felt it was prettygood stuff.• And this band were just getting encore after f***ing encore; it was really good stuff, a real grunge-fest.• It would be my turn to get the good stuff.• Now I get inta the good stuff.• One capsule of the good stuff can be split into several capsules and mixed with assorted cutting agents.• She knows where the good stuff is.the right stuff• He had attitude, the right stuff, like a nineteenth-century beatnik.• Becky's got the right stuff for becoming a good doctor.• I became one of the elite, one who had the Right Stuff.• This guy Powell has the right stuff.• If in doubt see if it melts with heat, then you are sure you have the right stuff.• Scarcityvalue apart, the Stag is made of the right stuff by classicyardsticks.• Now it's the turn of the attack to show it's made of the right stuff.• Often the right stuff is buried under an avalanche of garbage.• Switching on the overdrivechannel, however, gave immediateaccess to the right stuff.